KEVIN JOAQUIN GARCIA
Welcome to the website of drummer-percussionist Kevin Garcia. Kevin grew up playing music in Detroit, MI and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. Kevin plays drum set, hand percussion of many different cultures, hybrid drum set/hand percussion set-ups, classical percussion, keyboard percussion including marimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel, electronic instruments utilizing trigger pads and effects modules, and sound creation/manipulation software. Below you'll find info about Artists Kevin works with, Musicals he has performed in and helped develop, and Dance Companies he works with, some Career Highlights, Teachers Kevin has studied with, and New Projects he is working on. For Audio, Video, a Selected Discography, Gear Kevin plays, and info regarding Booking Kevin for your next concert, use the navigation menu at the top of each page.
Kevin works with The Duhks (Grammy/Juno winners), Duncan Sheik (Grammy/Tony winner), Wheatus (UK Billboard No.1 with "Teenage Dirtbag") Natalie MacMaster-Donnell Leahy (Grammy/Juno winners), Gato Loco, Bright Light Bright Light, E2K, The Enophiles, Brontosaurus On Pluto, My Midnight Heart, Gabriel Kahane and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Grammy winners), Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jose Llana, Clinton Curtis, Pape Armand Boye, Djustpora, Badou Boye, MC Frontalot, Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, The Swedes, Sky White Tiger, Skylar Grey, David Poe, Del Marquis' Slow Knights, MC Lars, Sophie Hanlon, The As-Is Ensemble, The Stacks, Karla Moheno, Marcus Paul James, Gaby Alter, Nimesh Gandhi, Micah Green, Bartosz Hadala, Pretendo, The Red Hook Ramblers, Aikostar, The Plastic Fantastics, This Ambitious Orchestra, The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra, The Garden State Philharmonic, among other artists, bands, and performing ensembles.
Kevin's Credits include: Broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson by Alex Timbers and Michael Friedman (Drummer, Ensemble Cast Member, Orchestrator, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording), Off Broadway musical Murder Ballad (Drummer, Orchestrator, Arranger, In-House Contractor, Cast Recording), Shakespeare In The Park: Love's Labour's Lost (Drummer, Percussionist, Orchestrator, Arranger, Cast Recording), Off Broadway Musical Whisper House by Duncan Sheik (Drummer, Percussionist, Orchestrator, Arranger, Cast Recording), Lincoln Center's American Songbook live broadcast with Rebecca Naomi Jones 2014, and Jose Llana 2015 (Drummer, Percussionist), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS' Hedwig And The Angry Inch (Drummer), Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's Live Album Tour (Drummer, Percussionist), and NYCLU's Broadway Stands Up For Freedom 2013-14 (Drummer).
Kevin works as a dance accompanist for The Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Foundation, Steps On Broadway and The School at Steps, Peridance, Limon and Summer Limon in Bryant Park, Columbia University-Barnard College, Juilliard, New York University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Paul Taylor, Marymount, Hunter College, Long Island University, Mark Morris, The Joffrey Ballet, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures, David Dorfman Dance, The Sean Curran Dance Company, Milton Meyers, Kevin Wynn, Trisha Brown, Donald McKayle, Mary Cochran, Saeko Ichinohe, Jeff and Yukie Moen, Anita Cheng, Dagmar Spain, Gil Stroming's Break The Floor, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Mike Minery, Nick Lazzarini, The Jump Convention, ArtsConnection, Harkness Dance, and American College Dance Festival Association. Kevin also teaches dance accompaniment, and has helped train many New York City accompanists.
1998 PASIC Best International Percussion Performance Winner, 2000 US Ambassador Musician to Poland, 2003 Columbia University-Barnard College Composer in Residence, 2007 to 2013 touring the UK eleven times with Wheatus and Australia in 2013, 2008 Performing at Town Hall with Duncan Sheik and touring the USA, 2010 US Ambassador Musician to France, Performing Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson on Broadway and "Rock Star" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 2013 NYC Shakespeare In The Park Love's Labour's Lost, 2014 Performing at The Apollo and Lincoln Center with Rebecca Naomi Jones and in 2015 Returning to Lincoln Center to perform with Jose Llana. In 2014 Kevin was made an Honorary Cajun by The City of Lafayette, Lousiana. 2015 Kevin toured Alaska with The Duhks making that the 49th state Kevin has toured in.
Kevin has studied with Billy Hart, Judy Moonert, Boris Amontete Tchango, Ustad Mulazim Hussain, Zoumana Dembele, Dre Pallemaerts, Sri Guruvayur Dorai, Frances Kofi, Tim Froncek, Jon Weber, Chris Thompson, Tim Fairbanks, Joe Kuerzi, and Brandon Brown. Kevin holds degrees from Western Michigan University in Percussion Performance and Philosophy. He also attended the Halewynstitchting Conservatory in Belgium for Jazz, Ghanaian, Togolese, and Cameroonian Percussion Performance. in 2000, Kevin attended The Lake Placid Institute for Composition and Improvisation where he studied with Kenny Werner, Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, and Jane Ira Bloom. In 2001 Kevin made New York City his home, where he continually finds new avenues of study, and fresh inspiration from the music scene.
Kevin is currently working with Clinton Curtis and Geoff Countryman on a Brasilian influenced record due out in 2015.
Experimental Duo Brontosaurus On Pluto with Kevin and Colin Savoie-Levac will be premiering new works in Toronto, April 2015.
E2K has finished recording a full length record of Egyptian inspired music due out later 2015. E2K is Stefan Zeniuk, Clifton Hyde, Joel Noyes, and Kevin Garcia.
Walter Parks (Richie Havens) and Larry Heinemann (Blue Man Group) have teamed up with Kevin to form a power trio, new music coming soon.
Pape Armand Boye and Djustpora are finished with their latest records, look for them touring later in 2015.